TOWN OF RIVER FALLS REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Monday, February 17, 2014; River Falls Town Hall
Elected officials and staff present: Diana G. Smith, Chair; Siri Smith, LeRoy Kusilek, Tom Sitz, Brad Mogen, Supervisors; Ruth Stern, Clerk; Rita Kozak, Treasurer
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 P.M. Brad moved to approve the minutes of the February 3rd regular board meeting. Tom seconded. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Siri moved to approve the February 17th treasurer’s report. There is a money market balance of $455,744.51. Tom seconded. Motion carried.
Discussion followed on delinquent personal property tax accounts. It was decided that the town should continue with its present billing policy (Payment of the bill must be made within ninety (90) days of the date of the bill to avoid the accrual of interest at the rate of 1 ½% per month from the date of the bill). Reminder notifications will be sent at 30, 60 and 90 day intervals. The notifications will also inform the business owner that not paying personal property tax may jeopardize their license to operate a business in the Town of River Falls.
Tom moved that the town initiate legal action in small claims court to collect on the John Rohl Jr. fire call account and that the Willie Jo Hochstetler account will be forwarded on to the collections agency. Siri seconded. Motion carried. Tom will follow up with Hans Paul Walker on his outstanding fire call account and Rita will contact Jeri Jorgenson on her personal property tax account to determine if she is still operating a dog kennel business in the town. Rita will also check with CSI and Bob Loberg if necessary on the bankruptcy claim filed by Rich Collins.
Communications: Representative Dean Knutson will host a listening session at the Town Hall on Monday, March 10th from 6:00-7:00 P.M. Diana requested that a letter be mailed to Marvin Nielsen to address complaints regarding horses being out on the road on several occasions. Diana also reported on information that was provided by County Board Representative, Dean Bergseng, on an upgraded 911 system. Pierce County is studying options to partner with either St. Croix County or Pepin County on a new dispatch system. Diana has also been addressing complaints regarding snow plowing of driveways onto town roads which creates traffic safety hazards. Brad will check with Pierce County on the status of applying for broadband initiative grants that have recently become available.
Planning Commission: The Planning Commission further studied the provisions of Conditional Use Permits for home based businesses and occupations. Suggested wording is that CUP’s would not be transferrable without prior approval of the Plan Commission and Town Board. The Planning Commission continues to study Tower Ordinance provisions.
Code Book Project: Mary Foster has reformatted Chapters 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8. They will need to be checked for accuracy by both town staff and the Planning Commission.
Building Inspector Contract: Information will be mailed directly to all local building inspection agencies that the town is aware of. This information will include the job duties expected from a town building inspector. An ad will also be placed in the River Falls Journal. Resumes, cover letter and references will be due back to Ruth by March 12th for inclusion in board member packets. Interviews will be held sometime following the March 17th board meeting.
Animal Control Fees: It was determined that the current fee of $90.00 for reclaiming stray dogs and housing them is sufficient to cover all associated costs including LeRoy Kusilek’s time and mileage. Rita will develop a document that LeRoy can provide to owners when they reclaim their animals which lists this town fee.
Tom moved to approve the February 17th listing of bills. Siri seconded. Motion carried.
LeRoy moved to adjourn meeting at 9:15 P.M. Tom seconded. Meeting adjourned.